Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16 Group C match between Kerala and Himachal Pradesh at the Perinthalmanna Cricket Stadium in Malappuram. Kerala have had an interesting season so far as they are currently ranked second in the table with 25 points from seven games, along with a couple of wins, a loss and four draws, that makes them more or less favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals. However, HP are ranked at no. 4 in the table with 24 points from seven games, along with a couple of losses, three draws and a loss as well as a no contest too. Thus, this promises to be an interesting tie for HP as they would love to rise above the table and seal ytheir spot for the quarters. COMPLETE COVERAGE: Ranji Trophy 2015-16

Live Cricket Score: Himachal Pradesh 24/4 | Overs 4.3|TARGET 24|  BATSMEN: Ankit Kalsi 10 (10), Nikhil Gangta 0 (0): HP pull off a win but Kerala did give them some fight. Monish picked up 4 wickets withoug conceding a single run. A target close to 100 might have seen Kerala pull off a win.

Live Cricket Score: Kerala 83 | Overs 24.1 | LEAD: 23| BATSMEN: Sachin Baby 0(3), Robert 0(0): Kerala in dire straits here. They have taken a very slender lead have been bowled out as well. It will be highly impossible to restrict HP now. HP bowlers have been outstanding. Bipul Sharma has 6!  OUT! Sachin Baby st Bains b Singh 4 (15), Robert LBW RK Singh 14 (29), Jagadeesh c Dogra b Bipul Sharma, Fadib Ahmed c Chopra b Bipul Sharma, Monish c Rishi Dhawan b Bipul Sharma 0 (1), Akshay Chandran c Rishi Dhawan b Bipul Sharma 2 (8)

Live Cricket Score: Kerala 54/4 | Overs 12 | BATSMEN: Sachin Baby 0(3), Robert 0(0): Kerala’s Rohan Prem was dimsissed on the last delivery of the 12th over. That was the second wicket for Himachal’s Bipul Sharma. From here, Kerala trails the visitors by 6 runs. OUT! Rohan Prem c A K Rana b B B Sharma 15(18)

Himachal Pradesh were all out for 163 after bundling out hosts Kerala for 103 in their Group C Ranji Trophy cricket match here to day. Opting to bat, Kerala were off to a disastrous start and kept losing wickets at regular intervals at the Perintalmanna Cricket Stadium. Left-arm spinner Rahul Singh returned impressive figures of six for 19 for the visitors. Himachal, too, struggled despite a better start. In the end the visitors were all out in 37.5 overs, but managed to take a first-innings lead of 60 runs. K Mohnish (3/60) and Fabid Ahmed (3/12) were the most successful bowlers for Kerala, reports PTI.

Teams:

Kerala: Sanju Samson (c), VA Jagadeesh, Fabid Ahmed, Rohan Prem, Sachin Baby, Warrier, Akshay Chandran, Akshay Kodoth (wk), Mohammed Azharuddeen, Monish Kareparambil, Robert.

Himachal Pradesh: AK Bains (wk), RR Dhawan, Robin Bist, AK Rana, AR Kalsi, BB Sharma (c), KJ Singh, NR Gangta, PK Dogra, PS Chopra, RK Singh.

Live Cricket Score: Kerala 8 | Overs 24.1 | LEAD: 22| BATSMEN: Sachin Baby 0(3), Robert 0(0):